Thursday, December 09, 2004

Speaking of Steve Himmer

He's writing some wonderful stuff over at his site -- and it's not just stuff -- seems to be the beginning of a novel.

Read it, you'll like it. I love it. He does the thing that good writers do. They have a great confidence in their voice and that alone can seduce you into a story and there's no going back. And listen to the voice. He's like an experienced lover, you know you're in good hands. You can't wait to see what he does with you and you'll let him touch you anywhere ... gently, gently, but you'll beg for more.

He seems to be setting free the bear here and then he turns me into a dog I think. I'm game.
The bear doesn’t move like a bear, does he?

Maybe you haven’t spent enough time with bears to know how they move. Maybe you’ve never watched a bear walk through the woods, and can’t see what’s unusual here. Trust me, then, when I tell you this bear doesn’t move like a bear.

Watch how he walks, like he can’t find his feet. He’s not rumbling along the way that bears do, like waves of molasses plowing confident paths, no concern for what might be nearby until it asks for his interest by becoming a meal or a threat. This bear takes an interest without being asked, he’s looking at everything closely. He pays attention like a detective, like the whole world is made of clues.

See how carefully he chooses each step, more like a wind-up toy than a wave?